This Easy Hack Makes Honey Nut Cheerios Much Healthier
The surprisingly simple trick slashes sugar in your kids’ favorite cereal.
Original Cheerios have a special place in American homes. You’ll often find young children nibbling on the O-shaped bites during snack time or enjoying early morning spoonfuls before the school bus arrives. Cheerios are a breakfast staple, and we love the heart-healthy benefits that come with each bowl.
However, Cheerios’ tastier alter ego and America’s best-selling breakfast cereal, the Honey Nut Cheerio, isn’t as healthy as consumers once thought, the New York Times reported.
Honey Nut Cheerios list sugar, honey, and brown sugar syrup in the first six ingredients, packing on 9 grams of sugar in the small ¾ cup serving and making them just as high in sugar as notoriously “sugary cereals” like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Reese’s Puffs, and Cookie Crisp.
The United States Department of Agriculture included fortified breakfast cereals as a good source of whole grains, iron, and vitamin D, but says consumers should always focus on the ingredient list to ensure they’re getting the best type. Avoid corn- and rice-based refined grain cereals, and be weary of how much sugar is listed on the label. The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily added sugar to less than 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men. This means starting your day with at least nine grams of sugar from Honey Nut Cheerios isn’t the greatest beginning.
Parents everywhere are wondering how to transition their families off of the sugary stuff, and consumers are concerned about telling their kids the Honey Nut variety won’t be making an appearance in cereal bowls any longer.
Cooking Light’s Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis has a sugar-slashing hack that we love. Instead of pouring out a full bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios during your morning routine, mix in half a serving of the sweet stuff with a half serving of regular Cheerios. At just one gram of sugar per serving in regular Cheerios, this will help cut added sugars in half, without sacrificing the taste your kids love. They’ll still dig in during breakfast time, and you can rest assured they’re getting a healthy start to their day.